Christopher Lowery comments

Posted in: Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booing See in context

I thought China said it was a superpower? So, it chases down every naysayer? Why would they care? China is so big and powerful ; I think it's kind of petty. As long as they keep it diplomatic, and don't go hot war anytime.....ever; then things in this world will get better for everyone. They need to keep focusing on how to build relationships with Hong Kong, a harsh hand is not always necessary; there are so many other solutions to qwelling public indifference, they need to do better with that. Peace.

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Posted in: Biles' Olympic fate in balance as support pours in See in context

While I have a great hope that these Olympics go well, with everyone safe and taken care of; I also have the regret of these games taking place under these current conditions. They really shouldn't have happened. It's so sad. Peace.

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Posted in: Israeli judo star perseveres after 2 opponents' withdrawals See in context

All I can say about these athletes declining their matches is, if it's a personal decision, it's the wrong decision. And if their governments decsion, it was an irrational decsion. Either way, it's a waisted career for thier athletes. What waste if talent; and Israel? They'll laugh, drink delicious mint drinks and welcome thier heroes back. Peace.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

Freedom if speech means that. You are free to say, but not free of consequences, and responsibilities of your own actions. It's just unfortunate that these things were said in the first place; it really was not, and is not now acceptable.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

What would be cool, is an Olympics Island. Pilgrimages every 4 years and only the MC would change.

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Posted in: South Korean gov't apologizes over virus-stricken destroyer See in context

I don't know if I would have flown in a replacement crew. Why not cut the risk, fly in medical staff and vaccines? Maybe a small support unit if needed, but fly all those servicemen back? I don't know about that one. I'm sure the servicemen are happy though, great for moral.

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Posted in: German soccer team cuts short Olympic warmup after alleged racist abuse See in context

I can't believe the German soccer team thinks they did the right thing. We live in such a weak character era these days. You don't fix things by giving up because you got hurt or angry; that's being arrogant. No, You win; and tell the other side to be quite collectively as a team. Or you just finish and walk away after the game like a gentleman. When racist words make you stop; you've already lost.

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Posted in: Fukushima joins other Olympic venues in barring fans See in context

Well, look. If the Olympics give rise to a new strain of COVID-19, it will not be because the government did not stop it. I don't think they can. No, the blame will be the people. We often blame the people's if of other countries for harboring the evil within their borders; and sadly this is no different. Freedoms die by people doing nothing, hiding away, and not standing up to demand change. If the this is what the public let's happen, then let it be; we shall all be witness to the fruits of the obvious inaction. A potential tragedy yes, or nothing more than a hiccup fanfiction moment in history, charged by profit hungry social media platforms. We'll just have to wait and see. Peace

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Posted in: Why reparations are always about more than money See in context

Slavery is a high crime against humanity. It's on the same level as genocide. Yes you need to pay reparations, and if it breaks your nation, you better get a loan. I think the notion that, just because horrible things happened in other places to other people is a reason to exclude what has happened in any one given nation. If this is to play out, let it play out in that fullness that it should, so that the next generations can put this ugly part of our history to rest.

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Posted in: What's your favorite coffee shop chain in Japan? See in context

Starbucks, is good for volume when it comes to coffee, not taste though, but pretty much anything else you want, Tully's is the best. And their honey tea rocks.

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Posted in: Holding Tokyo Olympics amid pandemic shreds consensus in Japan See in context

$15.4 billion? Really? That's all this costs, let's say it costs twice that 30 billion; still, that's all? That's like nothing in this day and age. It's laughable that they would keep going for only 14 to 30 billion. Because there's a lot more going on here; simply put:You don't run some like this down people's throat for such a small amount of money. This is very deep, and some one is indebted to someone else for a whole lot; were just not privy to to the whole story. Stay tuned.

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Posted in: Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape See in context

What is it with the father's in this scenario? Ghosn walked the grey areas of corporate and made tens of millions, until Japan corporate got tired of it went after him. He didn't have to, he had the chance if a life time to go to the U.S. but what, he got sentimental? I don't think so; I think he got comfortable (golden handcuffs) in so doing, did not think of his family's future wellbeing, only his own; then he got caught; then he hired another gem; this guy who of all people picked his own son to help commit a crime in another country no less; and again for nothing more than greed; probably and not wanting to pay full price for another accomplice, and wanted someone he could trust or 'use' in so doing, damned his son to even more torment. I swear, the leading men in this drama really are terrible father's. No matter how this plays out, both these males, are not men, and not true father's.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

Personally, I don't understand why you would want two different last names as a married couple, What message does that send? However, the women and the man do both have a choice. To me, the problem isn't the law.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin tournament See in context

I really do hope the best for Naomi. And I think her withdrawal from Berlin was handled well this time. It seems her management was involved and there were no desperate tweets from an emotionally exasperated athlete. I don't know if she will retire, but I can say if her people do not manage her well, and she feels as if her issues are not being met, it can not bold well for her passion to continue. That would be a sad thing, being that she is so very talented and young. But maybe a vacation is in order, you can't blame her; the Olympics are right around the corner.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers say client happy after days of French probe See in context

People always have a state of euphoria after they speak the truth to the law, It's liberating. However the next day, it can change very quickly to a feeling of impending doom. This story is not over, we will all see in time. The law is in place for a reason. Reform it sure, but never attack it; It may save your life one day.

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Posted in: China criticizes Western brands' toys, clothes as unsafe See in context

Wow. You see? Ofcourse it's easy and even prudent to stand by our brands, for the sake of progression and reform. But It's always a terrible moment when you realize you ceded the high ground to the devil. China knows these companies stepped right into it, and probably most westerners know it too. China, From the jump thought these companies were stupid, and took their there money anyways, anyone would. But now the chickens are coming home to roost. Time to reform.

I mean we can blame China sure, that's easy, but they are gonna drag us down right along with em and we got no one but ourselves to blame.

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context

Honestly yes, the ATP needs to address Osaka's concerns, not just for her but for all the players wellbeing. That said, I really hold Naomi's coaching team, managers and sponsors responsible. At 23, I can't imagine what else she could have done on her own, so why did come to that? Her team, not her, should have engaged the Roland Garros officials; letters should have written, interviews should have been had, appointments made, And Naomi should have had the counseling she needed. They gave her that money but didn't have the sense or the guts to take care of the person who gave them their position, it's tragic. Her team needs to be fired, and her biggest sponsor and the league needs to step in with a quality team to address these issues, for so many reasons. I really wish Naomi Osaka the best. Because for her generation, she is.

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Posted in: World No. 1 Barty doesn't share Osaka's news conference stance See in context

"You've gotta be kidding me!"

-McEnroe

Osaka really needs to brush up on her history. Because yes, it really is part of the job. Osaka also said something about no one caring about her emotional state after a loss, I was like oh sister join the club, just remember, like Hingis, Capriati, Sharapova, Seles, Venus, etc. I'm pretty sure they understand Osaka too, yet they endured, now they're legends. She'll learn like them all: the 4th estate makes or breaks you. Peace.

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Posted in: Osaka fined $15,000 for skipping French Open news conference; could face disqualification See in context

Wow, this is refreshing. Anyone remember the champs and stars of the eighties, nineties and early 2000's ? All of'emhad this issue. Remember McEnroe and his antics or Sharapova? or many others:

https://www.biography.com/news/serena-williams-female-tennis-players-controversy-scandal

Welcome to the party Osaka! Welcome to professional ☺️ tennis. Pretty sure they sited emotional stress too.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., France hold military drills See in context

Japan can't have a military? Japan certainly can have a protective force, and it can be proactive. And it certainly will have the full support of the U.S. and it's allies.

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Posted in: Japan approves world's largest trade deal including China, ASEAN See in context

Wait, this agreement was signed last year in November.

https://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/article/21147833/worlds-largest-free-trade-agreement-signed-in-coup-for-china

Are we in some kind of timeslip or something?

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Posted in: 1st batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Japan See in context

Well, to be honest anaphylactic shock is no joke, and if that's a possible side effect, I say take your time Japan and get it right. That's stuff going on in Israel seems draconian, so I hope to God they don't mimic them. Just get it right once, so we don't have to go through it again. Do what's really best for the people. Peace.

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Posted in: China attacks foreign clothing, shoe brands over sanctions See in context

I'm sorry but it's a biy hypocritical, so I gotta call it. How long have these companies been exploiting the situation? They knew what they were getting into, and China thought they were all idiots, because one day the chickens would come home to roost, and they have. These companies need to also apologize to their home countries as well, if all of these things are found to be true.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Ah, forget the celebs, there just making money from our amusement, who needs that?

If they wanna make this thing happen, they need to get the youth involved; get high schoolers and commended youth from different backgrounds to carry the torch. I'd watch that with tears in my eyes.

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Posted in: Biden signs huge stimulus bill ahead of coronavirus speech See in context

I think this will really help a lot of people. It is interesting to note that the republican proposal wanted something like $618 billion, was limited to only those of a 40,000 usd annual salary and no more than a 1000 usd stimulus check. This is in real contrast to the 1.9 trillion package which has a much higher cut off of 80,000 usd annual salary and a 1,400 usd stimulus check. I'm not really sure what the republicans wanted to demonstrate to the public other than they really didn't want to help very many people, and short the people they would help.

"Republicans propose $1,000 stimulus checks. Here's who would qualify" https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/02/01/republicans-propose-1000-stimulus-checks-heres-who-would-qualify.html

Now, although they the republicans, may have feared for inflation, I think the US economy will in the end benefit from this bill a lot more in a more all encompassing way.

"Yellen plays down inflation fears, pushes for relief bill" https://apnews.com/article/business-coronavirus-pandemic-inflation-janet-yellen-economy-2d8fb02fba7115e2af5379ec7014df26

Peace

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

I just never understood why Mori stayed at the position for so long? He's gaffe prone sure. But really the man should have enjoying the beach for at last 20 years, instead he's really stepped in it this time. And his wife, who made the poinent comments to him : ' You've said something. embarrassing again; I'm going to have to suffer now' has to be the coldest thing I've ever heard; those comments keep me up at night.

All in all I think it's time for a much younger generation of olympic organizers to take over now; Now, Hashimoto is good, but I'm thinking Koji Alexander Murofushi would be the perfect fit. He could have an experienced team around him, and they could pull it off. He would have international appeal as well.

And finally, I actually respect Mori, for his decades of service, for good or bad, it's no easy task to accomplish what he did; a very difficult enterprise, especially with his vice of gaffe and/or falling asleep at government sessions ; he did bring the olympics to Japan, and God knows what else he accomplished in discreet international cooridors, boardrooms and backroom meetings to help create a better Japan.

And so, I forgive Mori for his comments even though many may never, or at least will always be perplexed by them.

In the end it's a cautionary tale; that there were consequences for such behavior and we should all pay very close attention; so I bid him farewell. I also wish his family well, it must be a very difficult time for them.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

I just never understood why Mori stayed at the position for so long? He's gaffe prone sure. But really the man should have enjoying the beach for at last 20 years, instead he's really stepped in it this time. And his wife, who hade the poinent comments to him : ' You've said something. embarrassing again; I'm going to have to suffer now' has to be the coldest thing I've ever heard; those comments keep me up at night.

All in all I think it's time for a much younger generation of olympic organizers to take over now; Saburo is a good transition; but he can't possibly stay there. I'm thinking Koji Alexander Murofushi would be the perfect fit. He could have an experienced team around him, and they could pull it off. He would have international appeal as well.

And finally, I actually respect Mori, for his decades of service, for good or bad, it's no easy task to accomplish what he did; a very difficult enterprise, especially with his vice of gaffe and/or falling asleep at government sessions ; he did bring the olympics to Japan, and God knows what else he accomplished in discreet international cooridors, boardrooms and backroom meetings to help create a better Japan.

And so, I forgive Mori for his comments even though many may never, or at least will always be perplexed by them.

In the end it's a cautionary tale; that there were consequences for such behavior and we should all pay very close attention; so I bid him farewell. I also wish his family well, it must be a very difficult time for them.

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Posted in: Nonregular workers at big firms left out of virus-related benefits See in context

I saw this post recently:

(The Japanese government has been reluctant to give enough support to its own citizens. How do you expect it to support non-Japanese workers? Laid off foreign workers should go back to their countries and find new opportunities there.)

This may seem harsh, and even brutal; but as adults it may do us some good to really see from the above perspective. The solution would require, empathy from both sides, and 100 percent effort on understanding the reality of the climate right now.

The above comment I feel presents the afflicted with a wall of sorts; and it is to everyone to decide how best to negotiate it. Don't get angry; it won't help.

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Posted in: Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing See in context

Yes, I understand the frustration. I mean the vaccine itself has Nanoparticles in it; A technology that vastly outshines any robotic arm that gives shots. Now, if they can revolutionize the way we take injections all together; one that doesn't even require using a needle, now that's worth investing.

However, I am sure that the research, development, design, and construction did in fact create lots of jobs, and could create more in the future. So, there is the silver lining.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

That's fine, make more precise. Start putting money into low income earners bank accounts, color of skin has got nothing to do with it.

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